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Composting Tips: What Can and Cannot Be Composted

5 Things You Might Not Know About Composting

We recently got a compost bin for the office kitchen, complete with a little seminar on how to compost. I thought I knew everything about this green activity, but turns out, I learned a few things! Here are five interesting facts you might not know about composting.

  1. Many items that cannot be recycled can be composted. This includes soiled paper and cardboard, such as pizza boxes and wet paper plates, and waxed cardboard like to-go coffee cups and milk cartons.
  2. If something can be recycled or composted (such as newspaper or unsoiled cardboard), recycle it. This prevents excess chemicals, such as inks, from getting into your compost.
  3. Wondering if something can be composted? Follow the "anything that used to be alive" rule, which includes animal bones, eggshells, and dairy products.
  4. But remember, curbside recycling is more versatile than garden composting. Though compostable, animal bones and dairy products will stink up your garden and attract rodents.
  5. "Biodegradable" does not equal "compostable." Just because something is labeled biodegradable, such as certain plastic cutlery and diapers, doesn't mean it can be composted.

Stay tuned for more on what can and cannot be composted as we continue this eco-minded month.

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I didn't realize that pizza boxes were on the no-no list for recycling until my husband told me a couple years ago. I had been putting pizza boxes in the recycling for the past 20 years! Woops.
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